Everton schedule talks with Emery's agents

Sevilla coach Unai Emery is not the only candidate being considered for the vacancy at Goodison Park.
Sevilla coach Unai Emery is not the only candidate being considered for the vacancy at Goodison Park.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Everton will meet representatives of Sevilla manager Unai Emery in the next week to discuss the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park.

The club's board has already made contact with the 44-year-old's agents to establish whether the three-time Europa League winner would be interested in replacing Roberto Martinez, sacked after leading Everton to 11th place in the Premier League.

Despite his success with Sevilla, Emery has long hoped to coach in England and was close to taking charge of West Ham United last summer before they appointed Slaven Bilic.

He is yet to be offered a deal by Everton and talks will centre both on his contract and how much the club's new majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, will make available in the transfer market.

Although initial contact was made between coach and club in the days after Martinez's dismissal, Everton are thought to have made clear their intent straight after Sevilla beat Liverpool in the Europa League final last week.

Emery has won that competition in all of his three full seasons with the club but is conscious that, because of Sevilla's business model, there is a ceiling to what he may achieve there.

The former Valencia and Spartak Moscow coach, whose contract at Sevilla expires next year, is not the only candidate under consideration at Goodison Park.

Frank de Boer, who left Ajax after more than five years this month, has made his interest in the position clear.

It is understood that initial conversations have also been held with representatives of Manuel Pellegrini, the former Manchester City manager and the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Martinez.

Everton would also like to speak with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Everton schedule talks with Emery's agents'. Print Edition | Subscribe